Sunshine on MikindaniDecember 12 2013

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. – Joseph Addison

Mnaida Primary school is set back into the hills of Mikindani, surrounded by trees, greenery, mud huts, but more importantly, children with beautiful smiles and a desire to learn


May 2013

Maggie Vaughan was visiting her friends Neil and Barbara who were volunteering for a local NGO in Mikindani. Maggie, and Barbara and Neil (who have been volunteering for EdUKaid in Tanzania throughout October, November and December) visited Mnaida Primary, which is only a short walk from the EdUKaid office, and also the closest primary school to the centre of Mikindani’s village.


A few weeks later, an email dropped in the EdUKaid UK email inbox. This email was going to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of children and their families in Mikindani. It was only days later that Maggie set up a JustGiving site called Sunshine on Mikindani. As a trio, they set out to raise £30,000.00.

This money would renovate Mnaida Primary school, set-up a pre-primary class with a Montessori trained teacher and local assistant, provide teaching and learning resources, repair and provide desks, improve the drainage system, and give hope to hundreds of children.


Now skip to December 11th 2013…. and their Just Giving page, Sunshine on Mikindani now stands at                                                                      £41,917.80

“If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far,go together”. An African Proverb proving very true to the heart of Sunshine on Mikindani’s quest.

The support, generosity, energy, and hard-work of Barbara, Neil and Maggie, and their friends and families, has been out of this world.

Between coffee mornings and selling very cute dolls, sharing the sights and sounds of Mikindani with friends; supporting EdUKaid’s Tanzanian staff, and carrying out community research for the development of EdUKaid's community centre, they have, and will continue to make such a difference to the lives of so many in Mikindani.

Did I mention they also gained the support of JK Rowling, who donated a unique copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling, signed by ‘Galbraith’ and Rowling, and was auctioned at Sotheby’s earlier this week, raising an incredible £2500!

We want to say a huge Asante sana. Thank you from all of us at 

That email I mentioned we recieved back in May, well, it turned out to be a pretty BIG deal!


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